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  1. says:

    This was the first of five Bainbridge novels to be shortlisted for the Booker and is uite similar in character to the following year's The Bottle Factory Outing Once again we appear to be in a gently nostalgic comedy this time set in Second World War Liverpool among a household where 17 year old Rita lives with her two aunts Nellie and Margo one a spinster the other widowed by the previous war The plot follows Rita's relationship with a young American soldier with whom she has very little in common but on which she builds her young dreams Like The Bottle Factory Outing this book takes a much darker turn towards the end with a dramatic event that changes the whole character of the story


  2. says:

    Two sisters Nellie and Marge live together with their brother's daughter Rita Jack the brother is a widower and a local butcher He feels Rita's upbringing is convenient with Nellie and Marge Rita is growing up She is trying to become a young woman but her family cramp her development as they are frightened by the implicationsBainbridge writes dialogue with wonderful ease and prose that is spare and intriguing The complex relationships between characters with hidden desires and resentments are explored in this story The atmosphere is combative stifling competitive and narrow minded They are an undemonstrative awkward family and communication is stilted and often misunderstood Each character is looking for an escapeThis was gripping and clever Bainbridge writes a domestic scene where bleakness is mixed with dark wry humour


  3. says:

    I ordered this book after reading Beryl Bainbridge's obituary in the newspaper Such accolades I felt like a dolt for never having read any of her work so I chose The Dressmaker to beginThis slim novel is a testament to the power of the mundane The book nominated for the Booker prize focuses on a small family in England during World War II two old sisters and one brother and the motherless child of that brother Rita The sisters Auntie Nellie the dressmaker of title and Auntie Margot are in a constant sniping battle for control but just when the reader thinks that Nellie is the cruel one the tables are turned and Margot becomes the bitchThe lives of all of them are narrow relatively joyless proscribed by a provincial religious upbringing that prevents any of them from feeling the wind and living Sex is something of a joke Rita one of the most frustratingly ignorant repressed cabbage brained young women I've ever come across in literature falls in love with one of the despised yanks I use the term love loosely because Rita 17 has no idea that what she's feeling isn't love but Bainbridge does and her brilliant writing reveals the despairing grasping nature of youthful romantic inexperience It's so hideousI don't know how the author did it but although next to nothing happens for the majority of the book I was gripped by the power of the story Bainbridge steps back and lets the characters do all the work One example should do to give a taste At one point Rita's yank Ira who obviously cares nothing for Rita makes a surprise appearance at her house during the afternoon Auntie Marge a woman in her fifties who likes the lime light answers the doorI rang Rita at work he told her She said you were sickI'm not I've got a She stopped because she didn't want to admit anything He was looking at her opening the packet of cigarettesJust a chill she told him I'm off out now to me work Did you want to see Rita?She knew he didn't He knew damn well Rita was at work She was scandalised and yet there was a little bubble of excitement in her getting bigger and bigger at the thought The ending blew my mind And because I do not want to give away some of the shocking aspects all occurring within the last 15 pages I can't say The pay off is huge


  4. says:

    Beryl Bainbridge showed her superior writing skills in this short novel about three women living their joyless lives in a repressed working class environment in Liverpool during WW II Their aim in life is to be looked upon as proper women leading the proper little lives which they are expected to live Give no offense give no reason to be talked about work hard polish the furniture and be frugal They succeed in even destroying a daring little action of the youngest one so she can feel too how hopeless her ambition is to change her stifling existence You will hardly read a depressing novel ever but it is if anything educational to be reminded how repressed women were at the time


  5. says:

    A very well written concise memorable haunting story set in Liverpool in 1944 This historical fiction character based novel is about the lives of 17 year old Rita her two aunts Nellie and Margo who Rita lives with and her father Jack who is a butcher and lives close by Rita’s mother died a number of years ago Rita works in factory Nellie is a dressmaker Rita is emotionally naive and a loner She meets and falls in love with an American GI Rita’s first experience of being in loveThe author provides good concise descriptions of life in wartime Liverpool There is an unexpected plot twist at the end A very worthwhile readHere is an example of the author’s writing styleWhen aunt Margo saw Rita’s American GI for the first time Margo thought‘But as soon as she saw the boy’s eyes blue and incurious she knew what sort of man he wasHe was empty inside he used no charm he wasn’t out to please;Nothing touched himAt no time while he was among them answering their uestions in his flat laconic way did she receive the impression that he was stirred by any chord of memory no longing for mum or dad for home or country the things he had left behind’ Pages 131 Abacus editionShortlisted for the 1973 Booker Prize


  6. says:

    This was a strange book by modern day readers standards A short novel at under two hundred pages there is little that can be said in terms of the synopsis as its pretty clear cut from the first letter I understand the author was the recipient of the Man Booker Prize of 1973 which is to be commended however I felt disconnected from the characters almost instantly when I began to read this book The writing tone is old fashioned which is to be expected I admit to picking up this book on a whim from my library's World War Two collection Being a fan of historical fiction and having read some amazing books of the genre perhaps I expected too muchReadable but uite dull and without much sustenance to captivate the modern day reader Disappointing


  7. says:

    Beryl Bainbridge's ability to use language sparingly while revealing so much about each character is really amazing Like the setting of Liverpool during the Blitz this story is dark and claustrophobic Yet wondering what revelation would come next made the book a page turner


  8. says:

    Stunted emotions stunted lives Bleak If this book were a painting it would be all gray with a thin slash of red The characters and the story suck you in and bleak though it may be it is worth it to read it all Outstanding


  9. says:

    Liverpool 1944 Rita who lives with her aunts Nellie and Margo but also sees her father Jack is 17 and ready for love although perhaps not brilliant about how to pursue her budding relationship with her new suitor Her maiden aunt Nellie and her widowed aunt Margo have very different opinions and ideas about this new relationship and it is fair to say that Nellie the dressmaker is not uite mentally sound One can see that immediately in her passionate attachment to her late parents' furnitureThis is an interesting book to say the least and not something that follows a strictly predictable line and it is uite well written No I didn't love it but there is a time when I would have liked it a great deal but I seem to be much choosier now than I used to be Beryl Bainbridge is definitely an author I think people ought to read at least one book by


  10. says:

    After reading several novels by Bainbridge I've come to the conclusion that I will never be a huge fan I didn't outright dislike them; they just didn't do much for me Aside from a few moments this one was pretty miluetoast until the very end when something unexpected occurs and then it just stops with no satisfying conclusion I guess the point she is making is simply to show how insular this particular family is Nellie the dressmaker of the title though perhaps not the main character is in a lovehate relationship with his sister Margo The two share their home with our Rita the seventeen year old daughter of their brother Jack When his wife died Jack sold his house gave Rita into the care of his sisters and moved into a flat above a butcher shop He is still extremely involved in all of their lives but Rita who knows he is her father calls him Uncle Jack probably just to go along with Auntie Nellie and Auntie Margo Nellie is the reserved responsible one; Margo is the daring and sometimes wild one She had been married to a soldier who came back from the trenches suffering from the effects of gas attacks It was Nellie however who nursed him until his deathSet in the aftermath of World War II the story revolves around young Rita falling in love with an American GI named Ira As teenage girls still do Rita initially hides her beau from her family using the ploy that she is visiting her friend Cissie whom the aunts have never met If you like reading about the sappiness of teenagers in love this part of the story should appeal to you because Rita is one of the sappiest There are the usual dreams of marrying Ira and flying off to live in the US And a lot of worrying about whether or not Ira will call show up for a scheduled rendezvous write her a letter doesn't talk enough wants too much wants too little It becomes clear early on that this is an ill suited pair and a one sided romance The remainder of the novel as one would expect focuses on what happens when a neighbor tells Nellie that Rita has been stepping out with an American soldier and when Ira decides that she is way too young ie immature for him And as I said above there is an unexpected and rather unresolved conclusionGood writing fleshed out if stereotypical characters but nothing to get excited about


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In America was gay and rich she'd seen it in the movies So when a GI came to call she wa. Beryl Bainbridge showed her superior writing skills in this short novel about three women living their joyless lives in a repressed working class environment in Liverpool during WW II Their aim in life is to be looked upon as proper women leading the proper little lives which they are expected to live Give no offense give no reason to be talked about work hard polish the furniture and be frugal They succeed in even destroying a daring little action of the youngest one so she can feel too how hopeless her ambition is to change her stifling existence You will hardly read a depressing novel ever but it is if anything educational to be reminded how repressed women were at the time Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything proper women leading the Discordia proper little lives which they are expected to live Give no offense give no reason to be talked about work hard Stage Mum polish the furniture and be frugal They succeed in even destroying a daring little action of the youngest one so she can feel too how hopeless her ambition is to change her stifling existence You will hardly read a depressing novel ever but it is if anything educational to be reminded how repressed women were at the time

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If Liverpool in 1944 was grim for Rita and her aunts Nellie and Margo Rita knew that life. This was the first of five Bainbridge novels to be shortlisted for the Booker and is uite similar in character to the following year's The Bottle Factory Outing Once again we appear to be in a gently nostalgic comedy this time set in Second World War Liverpool among a household where 17 year old Rita lives with her two aunts Nellie and Margo one a spinster the other widowed by the previous war The plot follows Rita's relationship with a young American soldier with whom she has very little in common but on which she builds her young dreams Like The Bottle Factory Outing this book takes a much darker turn towards the end with a dramatic event that changes the whole character of the story